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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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Hours

General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays by Appointment

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May 25
Closed in Observance of the Memorial Day Holiday
 

June 6
DCHS Genealogy Class
Library Archives Center
1-4 PM

Interested in researching your family history? Have you already started your research, but have hit a dead end?

Join Douglas County Historical Society for a monthly class in genealogy. Work with the Historical Society’s researcher, Max Sparber, to explore various techniques for building your family tree, and share your discoveries with your classmates.

Classes are three hours long. The first hour is for beginners, and will introduce basic techniques in genealogy. The second hour is for everybody, and is an open hour to do research, share discoveries, ask questions, and help each other. The third hour is for advanced students and will teach more complicated or time-consuming techniques of researching a family tree.

Classes are $5 for member and $10 for non-members. Meet at the DCHS Library Archive on the first Saturday of each month at 1pm, beginning in June. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org to reserve your spot.

 

June 14
Second Sunday Talk
The Blackstonian: The Story of the Blackstone Hotel
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 21 (Mule Barn)
2 PM

The Blackstone Hotel was once Omaha’s signature venue for luxurious accommodations, one of the premiere hotel along America’s First Highway, the Lincoln Highway. At its peak, the Blackstone offered a fleet of Pierce-Arrow limousines for use by important guests, a ballroom, a publication called The Blackstonian, and a number of well-loved restaurants. One of those restaurants produced the Blackstone’s most famous legacies, the Reuben sandwich, but the hotel was also responsible for introducing Butter Brickle ice cream to the world. DCHS researcher Max Sparber takes a look at the hotel, its legacy, and its many stories.

This Second Sunday Talk will be held on June 14 at 2 pm at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in Building 21 (Mule Barn). The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations.

 

June 23
Page From Our Past
Library Archives Center
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Douglas County Historical Society will feature Nebraska author Theodore Wheeler’s novella On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown at our June 23rd Page from Our Past author event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction, and is held the fourth Tuesday of each month in the evening. A Page from Our Past is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.

On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown is the story of an immigrant boy who's caught up in a race riot and lynching, based on events surrounding the Omaha Race Riot of 1919. While trying to find a safe place in the world after being exiled from his home during a global war, Karel Miihlstein is caught in a singular historical moment and one of America’s most tragic episodes.

Theodore Wheeler lives in Omaha with his wife and two daughters, where he is a legal reporter covering the civil courts of Nebraska.

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.